Originally Posted by Reilly1812
This patent crap is going to come to a head soon and is overdue for reform worldwide. It is astounding what can be patented today. It has to stop.
Still Charged Up
I agree. It really seems like the basis for some of these injunctions are as generic as patenting a keyboard as "a horizontal surface with the letters and numbers arranged in an arbitrary fashion with the purpose of providing an input to a software system". Maybe there is more to it than I realize, but I don't understand how some of these things hold up.
I mean, wasn't one of Apple's complaints with Touchwiz the square icons?
It wouldn't be so maddening if it weren't so hypocritical. Look at ios 4, 5, and 6 and compare them to Froyo
ios 4: Look, now you have folders and multitasking. Aren't we innovative?
ios 5: Look at our game changing notifications bar, wireless syncing, and voice commands! You can even share items from other apps on Twitter and Twitter only!
ios 6: Now you can share things on Facebook too! INNOVATION!
I mean, I don't care that Apple incorporates solid features into their phones just like I don't care if/when Android incorporates solid ios features into the OS. But the hypocrisy to be like (read this in the comic book guy from The Simpson's voice) "we're all innovative and stuff and you guys are just stealing our ideas so we're going to sue you" is frustrating.
I don't see how its gone so far as to not be interpreted by the courts as a limiting of competition type scenario, but I don't claim to be well versed enough in the laws to make a real argument about it. My frustrations are largely in principle.